Using Advanced Technology to Achieve Early Detection and Diagnosis
As we age, our bodies begin to slow down. When it comes to our eyes, this usually means a drop in visual acuity and an increased risk of ocular disease such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or cataracts.
At Nicola Eye Care, we invest in the finest eye examination equipment available to ensure that even the faintest traces of eye disease can be observed and quantified, allowing our doctors to diagnose conditions at their earliest stage.
Eyesight lost to AMD is permanent, so early detection is vital for protecting your long-term vision. Make a booking for a comprehensive eye health exam today if it’s been more than a year since your last appointment.
Our Technology, Your Eye Health
Zeiss Cirrus HD – Optical Coherence Tomography
We use this equipment to build up exceptionally high resolution images of the retina, in 3D. The resolution is so high in fact, we can clearly see cells which are only a few thousandths of a millimetre across, and thus search for any of the outward signs of AMD around the retina.
Optomap Retinal Imaging
The benefit of the Optomap technology is that we gain a panoramic view of almost 100% of the retina in a single image, in less than a second. Our Daytona model also has the capability to quickly capture fundus autofluorescent images, that allow us to easily see deep tissue health conditions like retinal edema (swelling), scarring and optic disc drusen. In conjunction with OCT, we can construct an exact picture of your retinal health.
Our exams are not purely about eye health, but also about how well you are seeing. The Amsler Grid is a simple test which tests the quality of your central visual field. The grid, in particular, allows us to visualize how AMD is influencing your eyesight.
How Early Detection Can Maximise Vision Retention
There is no cure for age-related macular degeneration. However, vision loss also does not usually occur overnight, but rather is most often a gradual process which causes a slow decline in central vision. It does not cause total blindness, but can obscure your central eyesight to the point of low vision.
What we can do is offer referral for specialised treatment (including anti-VEGF therapy in some cases) to slow progression and limit the impact of the disease. Some dietary changes have been shown to significantly slow down macular degeneration. The earlier we diagnose, the quicker we can look at management options for the disease and the longer you will live with quality vision.
Late Detection is Better than No Detection at All
Even if your central vision is substantially affected, we can work with you to introduce visual aids and devices to improve your quality of life at home. Day-to-day tasks like reading, watching TV or surfing the net – which may be impossible under normal circumstances – can become part of your life again.
It’s never too late to act on AMD, so make sure you keep attending your annual eye exams, and feel free to contact our practice if you have any questions or would like more information about macular degeneration.
Visit Us Today
You can find us on the corner of St. Paul Street and 3rd Avenue. We are 3 blocks down 3rd Avenue from Royal Inland Hospital, towards downtown. Our office is across the street from the Telus Store and Stuart Wood school yard (where the summer Farmer’s Market is on Saturdays).
“I’m from out of town and I needed to have my frames replaced. Nicky from the lab helped me reach out to my house of vision from my hometown. A replacement pair was sent here from home! I am very pleased with the service and work done. I would choose this place as my go to if I were to ever move to Kamloops!”
“Beautiful, inviting office. Very friendly staff. Efficient appointment. 10/10!”
“Brought in a broken pair of glasses that the frames had been discontinued. Nicky and Tracy went out of their way to find a replacement set of frames, when other shops just told me they couldn’t help. Thank you again”
Something blew under my safety glasses at work today. I was in agony after flushing my eyes several times and called around to local offices to see if I could get in. I’m new in town, and luckily I happened to ask someone who recommended Nicola Eye Care. When they heard what was going on, they told me to come right away. The front desk staff were unforgettably amazing to me and even took me outside afterward to point to the nearest drugstores. Dr. Ann Byard was very sweet and gentle and explained that I had a giant corneal abrasion. I appreciate everything you did for me today. I’d be at home terrified and probably still trying to find the non-existent thing that feels like it’s in my eye right now if I hadn’t gotten into your office so quickly. Many thanks!